Race to the Future with Digi-Key, Adafruit and TE Connectivity

TE is proud to support Andretti Technologies and the Andretti Formula E Team in their quest to be the world’s top electric race team. Now it’s your opportunity to use the same TE Connectivity sensor solutions and put your own car on the track!

Are You Ready for a Challenge?

Our friends at Adafruit have created a special version of their Feather Robot Kit (AdaBox002) that now includes a TE temperature and humidity sensor. Use the kit to design your own mini racecar and share it on social media with the hashtag #myminiracecar. Join your fellow race car designers to see their customized cars during Adafruit’s Show & Tell webcast with Ladyada – check back soon for date and time.

To get you on track, we have created some incredible projects on Maker.io that you can use as a springboard for your own design or come up with something completely unique. The sky is the limit and we can’t wait to see what you bring to the start grid.

Bluetooth Feather Mini Racecar Kit

The Feather Bluetooth LE Mini Robot Racer is an excellent introduction to our wide world of robotics and a great way to learn about reading sensor data over Bluetooth. The kit contains just about everything you need to make your very own Bluetooth controlled mini-racecar! You get a Feather Bluefruit LE (Arduino compatible microcontroller with Bluetooth LE radio), motor control wing, three-layer round robot chassis, two motors, two wheels, a battery pack + 4x AA batteries, breadboard and even a little speaker to let your robot sing! All you need is a ~500 mAh LiPoly battery sold separately.

Everything is plug-and-play - No soldering required! Use any iOS or Android phone with our free Bluefruit Connect app to control your robot friend after it's been built.

This kit includes:

  • TE Connectivity Temperature and Humidity Sensor Breakout Board Featuring the HTU21D
  • Black, Three-Layer Round Robot Chassis Kit
  • Feather 32u4 Bluefruit LE - pre-soldered with Feather Stacking Headers
  • DC Motor & Stepper FeatherWing Add-on - pre-soldered
  • Half-Size Breadboard
  • 4 x AA Battery Holder with On/Off Switch
  • Piezo Buzzer
  • Little Rubber Bumper - pack of 4
  • 6-pin Extra Long Male Header
  • MicroUSB Cable
  • 4x AA Batteries


Bluetooth Feather Mini Racecar Kit

Engineering a Dream Job

Judith Henzel

Working at TE provides some of the most unique opportunities to develop technology solutions that help create an Awesome Tomorrow. Meet Judith Henzel – TE’s Resident Engineer with Andretti Technologies! Based at the home of Andretti Autosport in Indianapolis, Indiana USA and traveling to Formula E races throughout the world, Judith plays an integral role in the partnership. She serves to help Andretti become a better race team while at the same time using the TE Connectivity Andretti Technologies Formula E Test car to test and create solutions in the harsh environment of racing. You’ll have a chance to learn more about Judith and her unique role on Adafruit’s Ask an Engineer (Wednesday, July 12 at 8:00 PM EST). She’ll also give you a behind-the-scenes tour of the Andretti Formula E Team paddock at the NYC race.

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